Frequently asked questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions I am asked. 
  1. What is psychotherapy/Counselling?
    Psychotherapy is a safe, creative space for people to work on issues and problems in their life. With a qualified psychotherapist and using evidence based practice, we can develop a shared understanding and language about your journey - learning how we might change and respond to some of the things we don't like!
  2. How many sessions will I need?
    The number of sessions people need will vary greatly depending on the problem identified. Sometimes we work on very specific problems, within a set time frame. You and your therapist should always have an idea in mind about your therapy journey, identifying some goals and reviewing your therapy contract together.
  3. Will therapy help?
    Psychotherapy is a tried and tested treatment for psychological problems. People can change patterns of thinking, emotions behaviours and, through being validated about their life experiences can make tremendous progress. We used to live in a society that rarely acknowledged mental illness as part of being a human being! Gone are the days when people were diagnosed with a problem that never went away! We are working hard to change the myth that once diagnosed, life is over. I have worked with people "diagnosed" with conditions such as personality disorder and bi-polar, that have been able work through some of their issues and gain more control over their life, as well as more common conditions such as anxiety and depression.
  4. How long is a session and how often?
    Sessions last for 50 minutes. Evidence suggests that weekly sessions have better outcomes. As discussed before, the amount of sessions will vary from person to person. Some people may only needs few sessions, other 6-12 and for some people longer term therapy would meet their needs. People can complete therapy at one stage in their life and then re-enter at a later stage, perhaps working on different problems - for many people, one course of therapy is all they need.